JEN D. FABICO | Program Director
Active in several communities within the GTA, Jen D. Fabico is an artist, educator and arts administrator who believes in serving communities with enthusiasm, creativity and collaboration. Since 2010, Jen has been in the forefront of developing, implementing, and evaluating Scarborough Arts’ programs and events. She strives to activate creative and healthy communities with quality leaning opportunities and resources.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hons. Specialist in Visual Arts and English, and a Bachelor of Education with additional qualifications in Visual Arts, English and Special Education. She has facilitated workshops and guest lectured at institutions and creative centres around the GTA, including Hart House at the University of Toronto, York University, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, and Scarborough Museum. Additionally, Jen is a Festival and Event Planner who enjoys the boisterous activities, schedules and crowds. Her passions are in teaching, visual arts, aiding upcoming artists, and working with youth and individuals with accessibility and accommodation needs.
Jen is an avid reader who enjoys a good story, learning about different cultures and languages and appreciates advanced planning. She believes in the importance of kindness and living life to the fullest.
MONICA GUTIERREZ | Development Manager
Monica Gutierrez is a Colombian arts administrator, filmmaker and visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a bachelor of Fine Arts (York University), and a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE, University of Toronto).
She comes into arts administration through experience on the ground through facilitation and coordination of arts programs. Her community arts experience includes work with: VIBE Arts, Arts Starts, WhipperSnapper Gallery, MABELLEArts, and ArtsCorps amongst others. She has also offered digital storytelling programs across the City of Toronto, including work with school boards through an Artists in Education, Ontario Arts Council Grant. Her main interests include art for social change, the arts as an avenue for self-expression and activism. She has directed The Sunflower Man (2017); Poetry Saved Our Lives (2016); Crude Gold (2015); and Raptors Amongst Us (2016), a TVO Short Doc semi-finalist broadcasted in 2016.
SERGEI PETROV | Executive Director
Sergei is on a mission to make our world a better place through arts, culture and innovation.
A Film School graduate, Sergei’s passion for creative projects and solutions have helped him along his professional and personal years of growth and change.
In his early 20’s and still in college, he operated his own production company, producing works that went on to screen at international film festivals including TIFF Kids, Durango IFF, Banff Media Festival, with some winning honours and awards. His projects included works for Government of Ontario, Hockey Hall of Fame, Arts & Letters Club of Canada, Ontario Film Review Board, music videos, feature documentaries and short films.
He has worked at Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian Film Centre, and is a Professor of Film Studies at Durham College. He is also a Programmer and Consultant for numerous national and international festival and events.
For five years, Sergei has been on the Board of Directors at the Scarborough Arts (Council), sitting as Vice-Chair for two years as well as the co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee. He also represented the organization for two years at the City Hall annual budget meetings.
He is very proud to play his part as one of the founding Board Members of a Human Rights Organization, Jayu Canada Inc.
Sergei is the founder and Executive Director of the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival, now in its 4th year. Since 2013, the festival has welcomed over 10,000 guests; screened over 100 films from over 70 countries; and presented unique free programming for youth and high-school students, underserved communities, filmmakers, families, and Toronto residents.
In 2014, Sergei was nominated for the Premier of Ontario Art & Design Award for his work on the Festival.
MARIANNE RELLIN | Marketing + Communications Coordinator
Marianne is a graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough where she specialized in Arts Management and in Art History. She is interested in community and socially-engaged art and other contemporary art practices that bring art and the public closer together. Marianne’s work and volunteer experience includes working at CARFAC Ontario, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Exclaim! magazine, and for the City of Toronto – specifically for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Previously, she was on the Board of Directors of Kapisanan Centre for Arts + Culture. Marianne also creates and performs music with the all-women music collective, Pantayo. Pantayo has performed at the Music Gallery, Wavelength Festival, Y+ Contemporary, and The Weaving Hand Studio in New York.